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Supreme Court names Lord as chief staff attorney

The Supreme Court of Virginia has selected K. Lorraine (“Lori”) Lord to be the court’s new chief staff attorney. The appointment is effective May 5.

Lord is currently senior counsel in the complex commercial litigation practice group at McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond.

Her appellate experience includes preparing briefs and presenting argument to the Supreme Court of Virginia and preparing briefs in federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a news release from the court. Lord served as law clerk to the late Virginia Supreme Court Justice A. Christian Compton from 1997-98.

Lord serves as the chair of the lawyers advisory council for the Virginia Law Foundation/Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law Project, and is an instructor at the Washington & Lee University law school, where she teaches a higher education law practicum with several colleagues

The court’s chief staff attorney directs the work of a dozen staff attorneys and law clerks who support the justices through a variety of activities, including the review of petitions, preparation of memoranda and drafting of orders.

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